Assault rates remain high for people with disabilities

A December report from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that people with disabilities were twice as likely to be subjected to violent crime in 2008 as other American citizens.

According to the report, titled Crime Against People with Disabilities 2008, the rate of nonfatal violent crime was 40 out of every 1,000 people with disabilities age 12 or older. The figure was 21 for those without disabilities. This figure remained similar for people ages 12 to 24 and people 35 to 49, however, the rates narrowed significantly for those between the ages of 25 to 34.

The rate for females with disabilities was slightly higher than that for males with disabilities.